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Top Independent Schools in Singapore to Cut Funds

Top Independent Schools in Singapore to Cut Funds

Top Independent Schools in Singapore to Cut Funds

Singapore’s leading independent schools along with mission schools had just recently trimmed down funds for reasons still unknown. The 6 top independent schools were also advised to moderate fund-raising activities for campus improvements.
Along with the amendments on funding is the policy to install fans to minimize the use of air-conditioning. The schools are instructed to use air-conditioning only when needed.
The cut down of funding among the 6 top independent schools, to name, Raffles secondary schools and its junior college, Hwa Chong Institution, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and NUS High School of Mathematics and Science has stirred the attention of both students and faculties.
While the news has made rounds to social media and several Singapore education portals, MOE has released a statement on the report as being inaccurate. MOE has said that the report on funding being cut for top independent schools in Singapore is “not right”. As based on the news released from Channel NewsAsia, MOE reviews the funding of schools on regular basis to ensure that they are adequately funded and that the resources are spent to the right projects.
The 6 independent schools are running both the Integrated Programme (IP) and Gifted Education Programme (GEP). While IP provides secondary and junior college education to students without taking the O levels, GEP admits students in the top 1%-2% of their cohort.
Opinion:
There are reasons for the cutting of education funds from the government.
For whatever it is, the government must have to weigh the effects of such action. Acquiring superior education suggest that there should be enough cash to facilitate student’s safety, health, learning and skill improvements and reducing funds can barely help in achieving this objective.
Cutting down of financial support that is meant to go to schools for developments and all other important projects may be valid if the students and the schools are already getting all the best educational rewards they could ever receive. Maybe then for a while, they could drop off all the lavish expenditures to help the government accommodate more important educational projects. However, the little sacrifice ought to be effective only within a range of time and should not be prolonged.
With excessive considerations to think about when it comes to securing quality education, the government must not hesitate on putting enough investment in nurturing students and the environment they belong. Investing money in education should be the highest priority in the country where human resource is the only and most valuable resource, provided that funding is monitored and system is in place to ensure that every penny is spent on the right channels.

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